Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)
Critic Consensus: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales proves that neither a change in directors nor an undead Javier Bardem is enough to drain this sinking franchise's murky bilge.
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as Capt. Jack Sparrow
as Will Turner
as Carina Smyth
as Capt. Salazar
as Haifaa Meni
as Spanish Soldier
as Towns Woman
as Pirate Broom
as Mayor's Wife
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The subtitle of the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie is "Dead Men Tell No Tales." The moral of the movie, alas, is that the same cannot be said of dead franchises.
If being dull, gruesome and obnoxiously loud weren't enough, Dead Men Tell No Tales makes sure to get in a blast of sexism, too.
The bounty of bawdy bits feel borrowed from Benny Hill ("No woman's ever handled my Herschel before!" says a stunned telescope operator), while the slapstick violence skews toward the Three Stooges.
Is this really only the fifth entry in the Pirates film franchise? It feels like the 50th. Except for Javier Bardem, who brings a dollop of fresh mischief to this paycheck party, Dead Men has all the flavor of rotting leftovers.
Directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg work up a stormy sea-parting finale that is better than anything in The Ten Commandments. Again, the trick to enjoying this film is to expect nothing.
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Espen Sandberg and Joachim Ronning tell a tale in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Is it a good one? Sailing in at past the 2 hour mark, pirates drags along from scene to scene, with little in the way of excitement. Throwing in a bit of humor along the way, the plot details explain enough, but not doing much more than that. The CG gets a pat on the back. The look of Captain Salazar and his crew deliver some fresh air in the existing pirate atmosphere. As usual,tThe costumes and setting are nicely selected and done. Johnny Depp does what he does best; embraces his character with amusing body movements and expressions. Javier Bardem puts forth a solid villain, while Brenton Thwaites and Kaya Scodelario seemingly just get by with their characters. Familiar faces populate Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, but the new faces aren't enough to blow this out of the water.
Better than I thought it would be. A fun "comical" romp. They get more and more out outrageous. One complaint I had was the ending was just too drawn out. Just end it. You had a great two first acts and a nice twist at the end. We don't need to linger around for another 20 minutes.
Surely an improvement over PotC4, the 5th installment of the franchise tries to recreate the fun and extravagant set pieces of the original trilogy and pays respect to the original lore. Unfortunately recreating the sense of grandeur that was the trilogy epic gets lost in this bloated imitation. An underwhelming portrayal of Jack's origin story, his so-called greatest fear (Cpt. Salazar) and wrapping up the Turner/Swan epic all deserved so much better. The narrative carries itself like another disconnected side-story akin to "On Stranger Tides" but this time appears to loosely maintain relevance by plugging in cheap references to the past. Cheap, careless references and impromptu reveals that create plotholes and forced drama simply to justify newcomers Henry & Carina, whom on there own are about as interesting as another Pirate curse, skeleton, monster, thing. PotC5 may be a step back in the right direction for the franchise but still ends up being a forgery undeserving of the name.
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